Mary L. Hovanus (Bourdeau, Sulli)

Ma Oct 17 1991

Rochester NY:  August 31, 2015 at age 84.  Mary is survived by her children, Peter Sulli, Paul (Gina) Sulli, Bob (Joanne) Sulli, Thomas “TJ” (Karen) Sulli & Mary Louise (David) McClelland; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Silvia Gill, Eva Scipione & Gail (Rick) Schilling; loving friends.

She is predeceased by her parents, Robert & Louise Bourdeau; son, James “Jimmy Joe” Sulli; husbands, Peter A. Sulli & John D. Hovanus; sister, Sally Gill.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mary’s memory to St. Ann’s Home.

Her Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6 P.M. at Spiritus Christi Church, 121 Fitzhugh Street N, Rochester NY 14614.  Interment private.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester Ny 14623, 359-2300,

8 Condolences

  1. Jim Giunta on September 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm


    I knew you as a boy. In my mind your greatest accomplishments were your kids, who I grew up with and whom I still call friends today. May God bless you and keep you.

    With respect and admiration,

    Jim Giunta

  2. Jessica Sulli-Reyome on September 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I had called and left messages for you because I hadn’t been able to make it up to see you. I started to worry when I hadn’t heard back, you always called me back. I’m sorry I couldn’t have seen you one last time. I took too long to start our visits but better late then never. I truly enjoyed spending that time with you. Our last visit you met my husband and gave me your approval, I’m so grateful. You seen how happy he makes me and told me that’s what matters. Live your life for you and be happy, you only have this one. Thank you for that. Thank you being there. I know you enjoyed our visits just as much if not more. You lived a long life so my tears are not for you moving on but for my sadness. At the end you were where you wanted to be and I have comfort in that. I love you and I will see you again one day.

  3. John geska on September 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Our condolences to you and your family

  4. Scott Mattice on September 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    My heart and condolences go out to the family.
    Mary was my second mother as a child. Jimmy Joe and I were best friends. She was always smiling. Some of my fondest memories as a child was playing with Jim and both our mothers having coffee together in their kitchen. She raised a great family and I was blessed to be a part of it. God bless you Mary. Tell Jim I said hello and we will all be together again soon.

  5. Debbie Pace on September 9, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Sulli family, having just lost my Mom, Loretta, in May I extend my deepest condolences and pray for peace for you …have faith that “Mom” is rejoicing and at peace with all those that have gone before us.

    Peace be with you,
    Debbie Pace

  6. Len Pecorella on September 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Pete, my condolences to you and the family.
    May your Mom rest in peace and Bless you all during this difficult time.

  7. Francis Chartier on September 11, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Your mother was awesome. We were lucky to have been raised by old school, tough, no nonsense French Canadian women, she will be missed but never forgotten. She is finally pain free now and at peace. You were the best son all the way to the end; always there for her, she loved you deeply. She will rest in peace now knowing how much you loved her.
    Our condolences to you and your family.
    Francis & Heather Chartier

  8. Julie Boughner on September 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    gail Tom and I are so very sorry to hear about the death of your sister

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